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New single release from Gurrumul and Briggs, Triple J live performance and upcoming gigs on sale now PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:53

Gurrumul has been very busy of late!

Friday 11th July saw his first ever performance live in the Triple J studios.
First up was his live version of "The Hunt" with co-conspirator Briggs, timing in with the release of the single.
The Hunt:

Download 'The Hunt' (iTunes)

Then came the Naidoc Week 'Like a Version' special - Gurrumul, Briggs and their star studded musical posse to do their sequel to Archie Roach's "Took the Children Away".
Check out the performance here - you can't miss the sublime vocals from Dewayne Everettsmith and James Mangohig from Sietta sneaking an appearance on guitar..
The Children Came Back feat Dewayne Everett Smith

If you are and ABC TV Q&A devotee, keep your eyes on the TV this Monday 14th July and wait for the musical segment at the end. You won't be disappointed.

And, tickets are now on sale for two big gigs:

One of the jewels in the crown of the 2014 Darwin Festival will be "Gurrumul. His Life and Music"
Gurrumul and the Camerata Orchestra, conducted by Iain Grandage.
17th August

Returning to his favourite venue - the Sydney Opera House - and this time with orchestra and choir.
Gurrumul with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House, conducted by Erkki Veltheim.
2 nights only  - 5th and 6th September

Happy Naidoc Week to everyone from Skinnyfish Music (...where every week is Naidoc Week !)

A new single - "Surrender" and East Coast Tour for Dewayne Everettsmith PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:23

Skinnyfish Music and Sony Music Entertainment are proud to release the new single ‘Surrender’ from Dewayne Everettsmith, the second track to be lifted from his debut album of the same name.  
The new single highlights Dewayne’s emotive vocal delivery and storytelling ability, detailing his life experiences and journey through touching and poignant lyrics.

Dewayne describes this track as “Listening to it, it’s a beautiful pop song, a beautiful duet, but it’s actually about domestic abuse – challenging the concept of what domestic abuse is. I sing it with Thelma Plum, who was the perfect choice do it – another great idea from (the albums producer) Michael Hohnen.”

One listen to ‘Surrender’ will reiterate that this is an Australian performer of note, a rising star, an artist that will long make his mark on the Australian music scene.

Link to download 'Surrender'

Check out the beautiful 'Surrender' video here

Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne - performance dates!

Fans will have an opportunity to experience Dewayne’s amazing live set as he has announced the following live dates:

Tuesday 29th July – Brisbane, QLD – New Globe Theatre
Wednesday 30th July – Sydney, NSW – Brighton Up Bar Thursday
31st July – Melbourne, VIC – Bennett’s Lane

And in case you missed Dewayne join Gurrumul and Briggs on Triple J's 'Like a Version' to sing their sequel to Archie Roach's "Took the Children Away" for Naidoc Week - check it our here: The Children Came Back feat Dewayne Everett Smith

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:49
Dewayne Everettsmith releases debut album - 'Surrender' PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

It was around June 2012, that Australians stopped in their tracks to view Tourism Australia’s stunning international television commercial, and were equally captivated by the vocal track that accompanied it. It was surely one of the most visually arresting television commercials in recent times, with a stunning use of music. The song was ‘It’s Like Love’, the artist, Hobart’s Dewayne Everettsmith.

Watch Dewayne Everettsmith's new video for "It's Like Love"

Fast forward eighteen months and Dewayne has released ‘It’s Like Love’, the first single to be lifted from his debut album ‘Surrender’, through Sony Music Australia. Recorded at Sing Sing and Woodstock Studios in Melbourne and Studios 301, Sydney, ‘Surrender’ was produced by Skinnyfish Music’s Michael Hohnen.

‘Surrender’ is a s sweeping journey, beautiful and captivating, equal parts uplifting and haunting. Each song is an insight into this young man’s life, showcasing heartfelt lyrics that hint of his life experiences. “When I wrote most of these songs, I was obviously in emotional turmoil – difficult things in my life,” explains Dewayne. “The idea was that when someone listens to it, it touches a nerve but they take a positive from it. That was the ultimate aim.”

Descended from both the Aboriginal community of Cape Barren Island and the Gunai/Kurnai people of Victoria, Dewayne’s career started at an early age, performing amongst his own Tasmanian Aboriginal community. Through various trials and tribulations he has grown as a performer, playing festival stages around Australia and across the Pacific, supporting the likes of Gurrumul, John Farnham, Archie Roach and Guy Sebastian, and dueting with Paul Kelly. Back in 2011, music critic Bruce Elder stated that he is … ‘a uniquely gifted singer with hints of the soul of Marvin Gaye and the sunny beauty of Johnny Nash.’

Whilst developing his music, Dewayne has also lent his support as national ambassador for the official Save The Tasmanian Devil Appeal, earned a Human Rights Week award for bringing Tasmanian Aboriginal Culture and language to the broader community, educating children and working to protect his aboriginal heritage, and was a Young Australian of the Year (Tasmania) Finalist 2014.

One listen to ‘It’s Like Love’ and ‘Surrender’ will tell you that this is an Australian performer of note, a rising star, an artist that will long make his mark on the Australian music scene. Fans will have an opportunity to experience Dewayne’s amazing live set as he tours the country, taking in the follow dates:


Thursday 6th Fly By Night ‘Fly Trap’, Fremantle, WA

Saturday 8th Kings Park, Perth (supporting Gurrumul)

Sunday 9th Spiegeltent (10 Days On The Island), Hobart, TAS

Tuesday 11th Arts Centre Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, QLD

Friday 14th Factory Floor, Marrickville, NSW – album launch

Sunday 16th Casterton/Sandford Football/Netball Club, Casterton, VIC

Thursday 20th Captains at Mariners, Batemans Bay, NSW

Friday 21st Southern Cross Club, Canberra, ACT

Sunday 23rd Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC

Wednesday 26th Civic Centre, Wagga Wagga NSW

Thursday 27th Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Friday 28th Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW

Saturday 29th Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW

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The 29th Barunga Festival - a huge success! PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 June 2014 17:04


Thousands of people turned out to the 29th Barunga Festival which was officially opened by Traditional Owners Esther Bulumbara and Dimitrious Anderson from Barunga, Sammy Bush-Blanasi –NLC Chairman, and the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, and Senator the Hon. Nigel Scullion MP - Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Leader of the Senate who was officially representing the Hon. Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia.

"The success of the Barunga Festival shows what can be achieved when a community works together to turn a shared vision into reality" The Hon. Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia, Barunga Festival 2014

The ARIA nominated band - Saltwater Band headlined the main stage of the 2014 Barunga Festival, featuring solo performances by band member, Gurrumul Yunupingu. Lead singer Manuel Dhurrkay also premiered his song "Breathe" which is about the benefits of not smoking - and the performance was blue-toothed across mobile phones and iPads from the Barunga Festival, spreading this important health message far and wide.

Groote-Eylandt-DancersOther music highlights included Darwin's Ali Mills joining Nicky Bomba's Bustamento on stage to do a rocking version of Tina Turner's "What you get is what you see", followed by "Johnny B. Goode" featuring guest vocals by Gurrumul - a big surprise for everyone!

The beloved Community Bands from around the region played to thousands of loyal fans with Lonely Boys from Ngukurr, Tjuntu Desert Band from Alice Springs, B2M from Tiwi Islands and Nabarlek from Manmoyi - just a few amongst the huge line up.

The APRA stage by the river was set in front of a backdrop of beautifully lit paper barks. Bands including Dave Spry, Sietta, Ali Mills, Terrah Guymala, Nabarlek, Gurrumul, Manuel Dhurrkay and Nicky Bomba's Bustamento, had the opportunity to play acoustic sets in an intimate setting over 3 nights.

Footy-finalsTeams travelled from all over the Top End, centre and WA to compete in the sports competition with Bombers from Kalano taking out the Men's AFL grand final. St John's College, Darwin won the men's basketball, and reigning champions - Barunga Crows from Barunga took out their 3rd women's basketball final. The softball flag went to Daly Hawks from Daly River in a sensational grand final game.

A vast program included a range of traditional Indigenous cultural activities, the Flying Fruit Fly circus performances and workshops, a short film night, Young Women's Fashion Parade and a kids disco lead by recently trained local school kids who had learned how to remix and DJ their own tunes - providing plenty of activity over 3 days for everyone to enjoy.

A newly devised tour - the "Jawoyn Junior Guides" walking tour of the community and surrounds, attracted an overwhelming number of participants and is sure to be back next year's program.

The Healthy Food policy was a big hit for the second year running, and this year's festival saw the introduction of designated smoking areas and the launch of a mobile phone recycling campaign.

As the hugely successful festival came to a close yesterday, preparations for the 30th Anniversary of the Barunga Festival next year begin!

"The 2014 Barunga Festival was big success with many highlights. In the Sports Program it would be hard to top the softball grand final for excitement. The Culture Program was an outstanding success with the spear throwing attracting a huge audience who watched some of the deadliest spear throwers from the Top End. One of many great moments in the Music Program was seeing rock and reggae legends of Tjintu Desert Band and Lonely Boys being stripped back to an amazing acoustic workshop/performance in the APRA tent. 2015 is the 30th Anniversary and we hope to present just as successful an event." Festival Director, Mark Grose, Skinnyfish Music

30th Anniversary of the Barunga Festival

5th – 8th June 2015

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The beloved Barunga Festival - an important social and cultural event that highlights the positive aspects of remote Indigenous community life - is back for its 29th year!


The Festival is a great opportunity to see and share the joy of participation in music, sport and culture – the three most powerful drivers of community participation and engagement in the bush, and the Festival Committee are proud to announce details of this year’s program on the long weekend in June.


With a long history of premiering the best Indigenous performers from Arnhem Land and across Australia, the Barunga Festival is your opportunity to see emerging bands and artists from the bush, as well as traditional songs from song men, dancers and clans who have been singing and dancing stories that are thousands of years old.

The famous bush bands line-up on Saturday night will not disappoint with a program that will feature Lonely Boys, Mambali Band, Manuel Dhurrkay (from Saltwater Band) and plenty more! You will never hear a collection of bands like this anywhere else. And you will never see an audience who loves their bands as much as the Barunga community!

Enjoy a diverse line-up of performers to the Skinnyfish stage on Sunday night. Headline acts include special guest Nicky Bomba who will bring his tropical shaking six-piece band Bustamento and their upbeat rhythms of the Caribbean all the way from Melbourne to Barunga. Hailing from Lajamanu, central desert legends Yatulu Yatulu will perform, followed by Nabarlek – the ‘Rolling Stones of the Top End’ from Manmoyi, West Arnhem Land, who will close out the 2014 music program.

The popular APRA acoustic stage located down by the river was designed with music exchange, workshops, acoustic performances and surprises in mind. This smaller, more intimate stage is intentionally loosely programmed to allow room for anyone that pops by to get up and perform.  You never know who will be there… We’re promising performances that you will never see anywhere ever again, and some hot tips for 2014 include Darwin’s Triple J success story - Sietta (acoustic) and Darwin’s own Ali Mills and her ukulele. See you fireside at the APRA Acoustic tent!


Barunga Festival draws sports teams from across the Territory travelling to battle it out on the football field, basketball court and softball diamond.

Softball - an all time favourite sport at Barunga – will be a truly family affair with mothers, daughters and grand mothers all playing on the same team. The football program will once again bring together teams from the region and give young players an opportunity to shine in front of a large audience. This year sees the introduction of a Women’s football competition and AFL 9s. Basketball will be keenly contested with teams from as far afield as the East Kimberly and central Australia.


The cultural program is both fun and a serious look into the cultural fabric of remote Aboriginal belief. There are many highlights in this part of the program and opportunities for visitors of all ages to sit and participate. Story telling, weaving workshops, didgeridoo making or spear throwing are all activities that visitors are encouraged to be a part of.

The Bungul (dancing) at sunset in front of the main stage is time for total participation with dance leaders often inviting everyone to join in, in the spirit of sharing and enjoying what makes Barunga great - a fantastic family-friendly event that fosters reconciliation and friendship.

At Heritage Park, there will be an opportunity to meet and buy local art works direct from the artists as several art centres from nearby communities will also have a presence at the Festival.

NEW to Barunga Festival in 2014…

Friday night is kids dance night and this year will see a new program ‘Barunga Beats!’. Children and teachers from Barunga School have been learning to remix their own tunes for everyone to groove to on the basketball court.

Young women of the region have been developing skills and confidence through a YMCA self-esteem project. For the first time, they will be parading day and evening wear at a Barunga Fashion parade – come along and support the hard work and initiative of these young women and get involved… join the POZIBLE campaign to make a contribution to this program.

The Flying Fruit Fly Circus – where kids learn to do extraordinary things! See Australia’s only national youth circus perform and display results of several month’s training and collaboration with local kids from the region. A very exciting festival first!

AFL 9s and Women’s Football Competition

Participation in football is on the rise at Barunga with the inclusion of a Kid’s AFL 9s competition and a Women’s Senior Competition. We have been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to both and look forward to hosting more football for everyone!

Watch out for other Barunga Festival treats including a community short film festival, Nitmiluk’s ‘Footsteps of our Ancestors’ cultural interactive and all the popular FREE kids’ entertainment will include jumping castles, water slides.

Following on from the very successful Healthy Food policy implemented last year,  healthy, wholesome food options will be available all through the day and well into the evening with sushi, fruit salad, steak sandwiches, vegie wraps and other delicious snacks and meals, and of course good coffee on the menu.

Pack up the kids and the tent, and come and join us for the long weekend 6-9 June at the Barunga Festival 2014.



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